Edinglassie looks for formula for Easter success

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For a smaller vendor like Edinglassie Stud, the key to a successful Easter Yearling Sale draft is often in getting the mix right.

A focus on fillies with deep pedigrees and strong robust colts is the formula which Edinglassie Stud is hoping to find success with at the upcoming Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney.

Edinglassie presented a fillies' only draft last year, with all four sold at an average of $317,500, but have a stronger presence this time around with 10 at the sale, seven colts and three fillies.

Edinglassie manager Mick Talty, who has been presenting Easter drafts for many years, said there was a key to getting the right horses to the market at the iconic sale.

"Really quality-pedigree fillies sell really well at Easter. Obviously, a good type helps as well. Fillies, especially, if they’ve got the pedigree and the good family behind them, they sell well," he told TDN AusNZ.

"The nice real strong robust colts seem to sell well as well. They seem to have a little bit more pedigree at Easter."

"Fillies, especially, if they’ve got the pedigree and the good family behind them, they sell well." - Mick Talty, Edinglassie Manager

Talty feels the extra time given to the yearlings to develop ahead of the Easter Sale can also be a significant factor.

"Some of these horses that mightn't have been ready or forward enough at Magic Millions have come on in that extra two or three months. It's just natural progression with them," he said.

"While it’s been a dry year this year, they are getting the benefit of the good spring grasses, where some of the earlier horses don't get that chance because they are in the stable. They do take a lot of improvement," he said.

The pastures at Edinglassie

It will be a fast start to the sale for Edinglassie Stud this year, with two fillies catalogued in the first five lots, including the first of the sale, by Choisir out of Fashion (Ger) (Anabaa {USA}). She is a half-sister to the rising star Zoustyle (Zoustar), who is unbeaten in five starts for Tony Gollan.

"She's a really nice tall filly that should keep progressing all the time. Whoever buys her, she should just keep getting better," Talty said.

Fashion's family has been very successful in Germany, with her dam Felina (Ger) (Acatenango {Ger}) a stakes-winner along with another daughter Felicity (Ger) (Inchinor {GB}), who herself has produced two German Group winners.

Edinglassie also presents two fillies from the family of Nena Candida (Canny Lad), the half-sister to G1 Blue Diamond winner Nadeem (Redoute's Choice). Lot 5 is by Sebring and is the first foal of Nena Candida's daughter, the Group 3 winner Felicienne (Al Maher). Nena Candida's own filly by So You Think (NZ) is catalogued as Lot 150.

"The So You Think filly is a half to two stakes winners, Felicienne and Dylanson. She's a nice filly, as is the other one from the same family, by Sebring," Talty said.

Exceed And Excel colt set to shine

Of the seven colts offered by Edinglassie, the pick is Lot 276, by Exceed And Excel out of multiple Group 2 winner Solicit (Street Cry {Ire}), described by Talty as 'very precocious'.

"Being the first foal of a Group 2 winning Street Cry mare, he should be quite popular. He's very strong colt and he should get plenty of admirers," he said.

"He's very strong colt and he should get plenty of admirers." - Mick Talty

Solicit, Group 1 placed on three occasions, is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Star Of Giselle (Reset) and stakes-placed Ducal Castle (Domesday) and is out of the Listed winning mare Princesa (Danehill {USA}), who is in turn is out of the Group 1 winner Kapchat (NZ) (Centaine).

Lot 267 is a son of Widden’s recently deceased star sire Sebring (More Than Ready {USA}) from Silently, a half-sister to Criterion, making this colt a three-quarter brother to the four-time Group 1 winner. Group 1 winner Comin’ Through (Fastnet Rock) and Group 2 winner Varenna Miss (Redoute’ Choice) are also siblings to the dam of this colt, who is bred on the same Sebring - Anabaa (USA) cross as Australian Horse of the Year Dissident (Sebring).

Edinglassie also offers Lot 23, the half-brother to triple Group 1 winner Yosei (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) by first-season Coolmore stallion Pride of Dubai (Street Cry {Ire}) .

Talty described that colt as a 'very well-balanced horse who moves very well'.

Lot 215, by Widden's rising star Zoustar out of Reilly O' (NZ) (O'Reilly {NZ}) is another colt Talty feels will be very well received. The dam has had one foal to race for a winner and has two stakes winning siblings in One Love (NZ) (Danasinga) and Kildare (O'Reilly {NZ}).

Edinglassie's draft features nine different stallions, which Talty hopes will ensure success as it is able to meet all aspects of the market.

"There's some nice colts there that will find their right buyer. They are nice running sort of horses that will suit a buyer who is shopping around or below the average price. If people think Easter will be too expensive, they are crazy, because there will be some nice buying there," he said.

"If people think Easter will be too expensive, they are crazy, because there will be some nice buying there." - Mick Talty

Like everyone else, Talty's overall assessment of the current market is that it should be very much supportive of a select sale like Easter.

"There will be a lot of quality there, there always is," he said. "The nice horses will certainly make their money and talking to Inglis, they will have a very strong buying bench there. I could imagine, even though it’s a bit smaller, it'll be a very competitive sale," he said.